This is a dish of Tofu that is simply heated in Water, often with a piece of Kombu. The heated Tofu can be enjoyed with your favourite sauce and condiments. The most popular sauce is a mix of Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes), Spring Onion and Soy Sauce. Without a doubt, this is one of the most popular winter dishes in Japan.


2 Servings


500 to 600g ‘Momen’ Tofu *medium soft type, cut into large pieces
5cm Kombu (Kelp) *optional

4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons Mirin
2 tablespoons Sake (Rice Wine)
1 sachet (2.5g) Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes)
1 Spring Onion *finely chopped

  1. Place Water and Kombu in a pot, gently place Tofu, and add more Water just enough to cover. Slowly heat over medium heat. When started boiling, it’s ready to serve. *Note: Do not boil Tofu for too long.
  2. Meanwhile, make Sauce. Heat Soy Sauce, Mirin and Sake (Rice Wine) in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring to the boil. After gently boiling for 1 minute, add Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes) and remove from the heat. Add Spring Onion.
  3. Pick up Hot Tofu using a slotted spoon or small skimmer, and enjoy with the Sauce. *Note: You may wish to add Shichimi (Japanese Chilli Spice Mix) and grated Ginger.